MELAKA, Aug 10 (Bernama) --
YAB Datuk Seri Utama Ir. Haji Idris bin Haji Haron, Chief Minister of Melaka today officiated the ground breaking ceremony of Smart Industrial Centre (SIC) Melaka at the Bukit Rambai Industrial Park, Melaka. The project, a collaborative venture between Konica Minolta Business Technologies (Malaysia) (hereinafter KMMY) and its business partners (Note 1)
, marks Malaysia’s first-of-its-kind manufacturing cluster centered on digital manufacturing concept.
Also present at the ceremony were YB Datuk Wira Othman Muhamad (Speaker of Melaka State Assembly), YB Datuk Seri Haji Naim Abu Bakar (State Secretary of Melaka), Mr. Kazushi Izuchi (Counsellor of Japan Embassy in Malaysia), Encik Zabidi Mahbar (Executive Director, Strategic Planning, Malaysian Investment Development Authority – MIDA, representing YBhg. Dato’ Azman Mahmud, CEO of MIDA) and key management personnel of Konica Minolta Japan and Malaysia.
On congratulating KMMY and its business partners for the ground breaking ceremony of SIC Melaka, YBhg. Dato’ Azman Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) said, “The company’s initiative of developing SIC Melaka is laudable as it will provide a platform for KMMY’s vendors, especially our Malaysian companies to embrace smart manufacturing. Through this establishment, local vendors stand to benefit via access to technical expertise as well as opportunity for technical collaboration with KMMY. I would like to encourage more foreign multinational corporations (MNCs) to emulate Konica Minolta in its drive to develop its local supply chain, which in return will also enhance forward-and-backward linkages, create quality jobs as well as enhance the overall competitiveness of the local supply chain network.”
“Konica Minolta is an exemplary foreign investor that continues to create value for Malaysia by contributing to the nation’s agenda. Presently, this Japanese renowned technology company has chosen Malaysia as the destination for its latest state-of-the-art manufacturing plant to manufacture advanced copier machine, production printers and parts. In fact, just in March last year, KMMY organised its inaugural Supplier Conference here in Melaka, a conference usually held in China for the past 10 years. Today’s event is certainly a welcome addition to the various initiatives undertaken by KMMY, especially so when the initiative blends well with the way forward of Malaysia,” concluded Dato’ Azman.
SIC Melaka, with estimated total investments of US$56 million (exc. investments on facilities and digital manufacturing) is poised to act as a catalyst to an even more vibrant manufacturing sector in the state of Melaka. For the record, Melaka is among the top ten largest recipients of approved investments in the manufacturing sector for the year 2016. A total of 23 manufacturing projects valued at RM1.4 billion were approved by MIDA last year, with the potential to generate more than 2,200 jobs for the locals once implemented.
Amidst the ongoing waves of Industry 4.0, the Malaysian Government has been encouraging the business community, particularly local companies to adopt automation and smart manufacturing concepts and technologies that will serve them well in terms of productivity and competitiveness. KMMY, the first manufacturer in Malaysia to produce multi-functional peripherals (MFPs), has been gradually introducing new ways of production by utilising digital manufacturing with the aim to eliminate inherent constraints in traditional manufacturing. Through this venture, KMMY will extend its digital manufacturing concept to seven (7) suppliers/ vendors, which consist of both foreign and local companies. Note 1
List of KMMY’s Business Partners as per Attachment 1 About MIDA
MIDA is the government's principal promotion agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Starting operations in 1967 with a relatively small set up of 37 staff, MIDA has grown to become a strong and dynamic organisation of over 700 employees. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA today has 12 regional and 23 overseas offices. This year as the organisation celebrates its 50th anniversary, MIDA continues to be the strategic partner to businesses in seizing the opportunities arising from the technology revolution of this era. For more information, please visit www.mida.gov.my
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